It is still up in the air as to what organization will manage the new $6.2 million Richmond Hill City Center.
Project consultant Kirby Glaze said the facility will cost roughly $400,000 a year to operate. He said revenue is projected to be between $300,000 to $400,000 for the first year of operation.
He said the Center is expected to turn a profit in the second year of operation, but projected figures on just how much revenue will come in that second year will need to come from the management company that wins the contract.
Among the candidates to run the City Center:
- Representatives from Statesboro-based Sega Management said Sept. 1 their contacts in the hospitality business should make for a winning combination if given the nod to run the Center.
Sega specializes in hotels, and this would be the first venture into running a conference center.
Sega’s Michael Bowen said one of the ideas they are tossing around is to open a Ford-themed restaurant called "Henry’s" inside the facility.
They also spoke of potentially allowing a chain restaurant to run the food services inside the Center.
Mayor Richard Davis and Councilman Floyd Hilliard both objected to the idea of a full scale restaurant.
- Representatives with the South Carolina-based Wilderman Group also presented a proposal to council on Sept. 1. President John Wilderman said his company has experience in managing a wide variety of facilities, including restaurants and city-run conference centers.
They presented a game plan that includes drawing military events and marketing city events, such as the Hometown Christmas festivities and the celebration of Georgia Cities Week, to draw clients.
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